TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Casts Johnny Knoxville & Tony Shaloub For Voice Roles


Just because you’re playing the character on-set doesn’t always mean you’ll give life to their voice. Deadline has revealed that Johnny Knoxville (Jackass, Bad Grandpa) and Tony Shaloub (Men in Black, Monk) have joined the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but not in a live-action capacity. Knoxville will voice Leonardo, previously done by Pete Ploszek, while Shaloub will voice Splinter, previousy done by Danny Woodburn. Plozsek and Woodburn will still appear in the film through their motion-capture work as the characters.

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According to Deadline, the studio was always willing to “changing the voicing component of the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film that Paramount releases August 8, and those actors were only guaranteed to physically perform the roles in costume.”

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Considering we didn’t hear Leonardo’s voice in the trailer and didn’t even see Splinter, it’s not too much of a game-changer brining in Knoxville and Shaloub to do the voices. However, this has me wondering whether the three remaining turtles will also end up being voiced by different actors. For Raphael (who didn’t speak in the trailer), this isn’t a problem, but we did hear the voices of Michelangelo and Donatello (briefly).

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It wouldn’t be too unusual to switch actors, especially if it produces a better performance in the long-run. However, should’t they have figured this out during filming, or at least before giving us a trailer. That way they could have edited it so that we only saw the turtles and not heard them. It still would have made a good teaser, and we wouldn’t have been surprised when Michelangelo suddenly sounded different. The uninitiated audience probably wouldn’t care, but to the geek community, this s**t matters!

SOURCE: Deadline